Pluralism By Design: Environmental Policy And The American Regulatory State

Hardcover | March 1, 1992

byGeorge Hoberg

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Vast changes in U.S. environmental policy from the New Deal through the Reagan administration have occurred that shed light on the nature of the American regulatory state. This book focuses on the sweeping transformation of regulatory policymaking that took place around 1970. The rise of social regulation and the advent of public interest movement during the 1960s and 1970s led to a significant change in policy outcomes, as the influence of governmental actors and political activists increased at the expense of business. By homing in on two specific areas, pesticide regulation and air pollution control, this study attempts to describe and explain these changes. This book is distinguished by its explanation of the transformation to the new system, its understanding of the way the new regulatory arrangements affect policy outcomes, and, most important, its explicit consideration of recent controversies in empirical political theory. The results provide an assessment of both the strengths and the weaknesses of "the new institutionalism" as a theoretical approach to studying domestic public policy in the United States. The regime framework developed here is designed to emphasize the multiplicity of forces behind public policy. This volume will be of interest to students of the American policy process, environmental policy and regulation, and theories of the American state, in academia, government, and the environmental policy community.

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Vast changes in U.S. environmental policy from the New Deal through the Reagan administration have occurred that shed light on the nature of the American regulatory state. This book focuses on the sweeping transformation of regulatory policymaking that took place around 1970. The rise of social regulation and the advent of public inter...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.6 × 6.44 × 0.95 inPublished:March 1, 1992Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275941264

ISBN - 13:9780275941260

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pluralism by Design Great plot, great characters. The feel-good book of 1992. This should be made into a movie!
Date published: 1999-04-01

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?It is a worthy addition to the growing number of longitudinal studies now emerging in environmental policy studies, and an important one because it helps to put environmental regulation into its proper institutional contexts. It also is well written. I recommend it strongly for graduate students in history, political science, and environmental studies programs, although it certainly is accessible for upper-level undergraduates as well.?-Environmental History Review